Can we bring back Sun Day (May 3)?
#bikepunk; mutual aid; disaster relief
Bicycle-powered relief efforts are environmentally friendly and easy to replicate and don’t require highly skilled cyclists as Green Map notes in its Bike Ready guide: Even walking bikes loaded with supplies can be helpful in an emergency.
#BikeReady: How cyclists in NYC are delivering disaster aid https://www.shareable.net/bikeready-how-cyclists-in-nyc-are-delivering-disaster-aid/
Poll about Solarpunk Wallflowers
Thinking of writing an article about what to do about us solarpunk wallflowers. Specifically, how do we fit into a more communally-focused world without being overwhelmed?
How do y'all identify?
[This is super scientific, and these are the only possible options, I know. LOL]
Bikes, marginalization, "the other"
Some thoughts I had on marginalization, empathy, and #bikes.
Hey folks, I've finally convinced my cute datemate to join fedi (which is good news for all of you bc they're a delight and also super pretty and you'll get to talk to and look @ them)
They're hunting for an instance that is anarchist and queer focused. I know, I know - queer anarchists? On the fediverse? It's a bit of a long shot, but I'm sure we can figure something out (/sarcasm)
Please recommend cool instances full of cool people that would fit for this! Boosts very much requested!!!
@solarpunkgnome If we work hard, we can see corporate husks converted into proper housing. A nice big block living space with a K-mart logo sun-seared onto the front
Gender; fandom; ableism
That said, in one of the panels, someone said something really offensive about "introverts" as a blanket response to a question about internet trolls that totally dismissed how technologically-mediated interactions can be a really great tool for us neurodivergent folks. I thought of saying something to them, but I was just too emotionally wrecked, and then I cried in the car on the way home when I was telling my wife about it on the way home tonight. So, there are still jerks everywhere, unfortunately. I still had an awesome con and will be going back. I'll have to think about whether to go to any other panels with that individual on them in the future though. The rest of what she said was really good and insightful, but that one comment really hit me hard.
Just got back from #Multiverse2019, and can say it was the most inclusive con I've been to in my admittedly limited experience. Lots of people of color not just on panels, but also as track directors. My favorite was the gender panel for writers that actually included enby, trans, and queer people beside the standard cishet allies. As a nonbinary/gender questioning person myself, I found it really good. Everyone there was interested in having a good discussion on how to better represent the gender spectrum in their work and the cringey things to avoid.
Some other highlights included a panel on ageism in speculative fiction and zombies as analogues for race. If you love speculative fiction, and are looking for a really respectful and engaging con, I'd keep Multiverse in mind for next year. I'm not getting paid or anything for this review, it was just a super positive experience. Sorry for gushing, but there you have it. 😛
demonstration tactics, violence
Never forget that violence and non-violence are two sides of the same tactical coin, the yin to the others' yang. Do not let anybody separate you from a movement because of your choice of tactics, we always need a diversity of tactics to achieve a common goal. This applies to the opportunistic politicians as well as would-be cops within activist ranks.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't be critical of action, we absolutely should, after all criticism and critique are how we learn from our mistakes.
But it does mean the only people that are removed from a movement are those that are actively doing harm to it. I'm not talking about respectability politics here, anyone more concerned about self-image than actively affecting change is just exercising in narcissism.
It means the people expelled from a movement are those that are actively causing harm (emotional, physical or mental) to other people within those spaces.
Thinking about a post-capitalist future, where I/we can place our needs for time, for space, for health, for love, above our needs to survive and pay off the debt of being born without wealth, and our absences are not felt when a shoddily built system shakes without our backs beneath it, and without requiring us to pick a means of survival and lock into it until the end.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.